Glaciers of the Alps

Glacier d'Argentière

Length: 9 km; orientation: northwest; surface area: 14 square kilometres.

Glacier d'Argentière
Glacier d' Argentière from Grands Montets. Glacier du Chardonnet, du Milieu, des Améthystes, du Tour Noir and Glacier des Rouges du Dolent (from left to right) on the far side of the valley.
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Prominent Sahara dust deposits and meltwater channels in the upper firn basin of Glacier d' Argentière. Note also the well-developped bergschrund at the base of the rock walls.
Glacier d'Argentière
Firn stratification in the upper reaches of Glacier d' Argentière; telephoto picture taken from Aiguille des Grands Montets, 3295 m.a.s.l.
Glacier d'Argentière
Spectacular séracs in the accumulation area of Glacier des Rognons, a tributary mountain glacier of Glacier d' Argentière. Note prominent deposits of Sahara dust.
Glacier d'Argentière
Group of climbers descending from Aiguille des Grands Montets over Glacier des Rognons towards Glacier 'd Argentière.
Glacier d'Argentière
Transverse crevasses on Glacier d' Argentière roughly at the 2450m level. Note small remnant snowpatches with Sahara dust.
Glacier d'Argentière
Pinnacle-shaped séracs in the icefall of Glacier d' Argentière, approximately at 2300 m.a.s.l.
Glacier d'Argentière
Detail of the ice cliff above a rock window in the big icefall of Glacier d' Argentière.
Glacier d'Argentière
Foliation structure in Glacier d' Argentière's icefall.
Glacier d'Argentière
The spectacular icefall seen from the western Little Ice Age moraine.
Glacier d'Argentière
Minor ice avalanche in the icefall.
Glacier d'Argentière
Blue ice in séracs of the icefall.
All photos 5th August 2008, Jürg Alean